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The Independent Investor: The Bots Are Coming
By Bill Schmick,
04:43PM / Friday, December 01, 2017
One no longer needs to imagine a post-apocalyptic world where humans are hunted into extinction by intelligent robots. While a shooting war may not break out between the two sides before 2030, a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute indicates that as many as 375 million human workers will be replaced by automation.   Most readers are already aware that companies using high degrees of automation, such as Amazon, are decimating the brick and mortar method of selling products. Most analysts believe it is inevitable that this trend will extend to all kinds of products. Pharmaceuticals and food are just the most recent items to be transitioned over to the internet. While this will add

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Collision With Utility Pole Closes Section of State Road
Staff Reports,
03:32PM / Friday, December 01, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A section of State Road was closed down on Friday afternoon after a sport-utility vehicle took out a utility pole.    The single-vehicle crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m. near George Avenue, just west of Stop & Shop. The late-model charcoal Honda Pilot was headed east when the driver apparently veered across the westbound lane and struck the pole, breaking it and sending the transformer and connected wires into Route 2.    The driver was the only occupant of the Honda and was attended to by North Adams Ambulance personnel. The Honda incurred major damage to the front end and pieces of it were strewn across the road. It was taken from the

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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Children's Musical Set For Dec. 2-3 in Williamstown
11:47AM / Friday, December 01, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Bible Church will present its annual children’s Christmas musical at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3.

This year’s production is titled “Angels Aware” and tells the story of what came before the night Christ was born - way before. Gabriel calls a meeting to announce God's plan to send his son to Earth. The angels are shocked to learn that Jesus will be sent to Earth as a baby.

“Angels Aware” features two dozen local children ranging in age from 4 to 14 singing, dancing and acting in a Broadway-style musical. It is directed by Connie Sheehy, with musical direction by Trish Clairmont and costumes by

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Wahconah Regional Earns MIAA Sportsmanship Award
05:42PM / Thursday, November 30, 2017
DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School's student-athletes have been presented with the Sportsmanship Award for District G from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.   The award was made at the MIAA's annual Sportsmanship Summit, held this year on Nov. 17, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. It was presented in conjunction with Friendly's Restaurants, which partnered with the student sports association as its official "family restaurant."   Awards are presented to one school chosen by member school athletic directors in each of MIAA's eight athletic districts. Wahconah was also named to the Sportsmanship Honor Roll for 2016-17

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'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri': Signs of the Times
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:12PM / Thursday, November 30, 2017
Director Martin McDonagh's compelling "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" features, among other things, misogyny, police brutality, racism, rape, child molestation, white supremacy, unrestricted gun possession, and anti-gay sentiments.    But no, it's not about Roy Moore's quest to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate. Rather, equally provocative and similarly chilling, the superbly acted film details a mother's rage over her daughter's unsolved murder to the backdrop of a small town rendered dysfunctional by the above-listed disgraces.   Frances McDormand, playing Mildred Hayes, the infuriated mom, is the beleaguered face of survival in

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McCann Pins Nine LPN Graduates
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:15AM / Thursday, November 30, 2017

Susan Watson, coordinator of the practical nursing program, asked the graduates to be 'change agent' in the field.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School graduated nine practical nursing students during Wednesday's pinning ceremony.

"Last January I told them it would be a very difficult year and they would have to band together and they would have to work together as a team," Superintendent James Brosnan said Wednesday as he opened the ceremony.

"All of that has come true and you earned this, and we are very proud of you."

Practical Nursing Coordinator Susan Watson asked the graduate's families to stand and be recognized for the support

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Clarksburg Sees Tax Rate Drop, Tax Bills Rise
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Thursday, November 30, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Property owners will see their tax rate go down but their bills will go up.    The Select Board on Wednesday approved a tax rate of $15.31 per $1,000 assessed value, down 50 cents over last year, for fiscal 2018. But the average bill will still jump $108.   Assessor Ross Vivori said the town usually gains $8,000 to $12,000 from annual growth but this past year it gained more than $30,000 on $2 million in new growth.    The town's total assessed value also increased dramatically, by $9 million, showing a strong recovery from the falling values of several years ago.    "I wasn't forecasting that number earlier,"

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North Adams Women Edge Utica
08:13PM / Wednesday, November 29, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA junior Courtney Pingelski scored a career high 26 points and classmate L'Rae Brundige knocked down the deciding free throws with 11 seconds left to lift the Trailblazers women's basketball team past visiting Utica College, 53-52, Thursday in the Amsler Campus Center.   The final 1:07 saw four lead changes as both teams made some key plays.   When Utica's Coralynn Maxwell converted a layup with 1:07 left, the Pioneers (2-3) led, 50-49.  Pingelski answered with a short jumper in the paint with 45 seconds left to give the Trailblazers the edge at 51-50.   After running the shot clock down, Utica's Alaina Tripp drove the lane and

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North Adams Hangar Project To Be Extended
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:14PM / Wednesday, November 29, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Shamrock Hangar renovation project, although moving along, will be completed later than expected.   Peter Enzien of Stantec, the engineering firm overseeing the airport improvement projects, told the Airport Commission Tuesday that instead of completing the Shamrock Hangar by December 4, as agreed upon, the project will be pushed out towards the end of the month.   "They are hoping by the end of this week to have the windows in and do some of the electrical work," Enzien said.   "The ultimate goal here is to get the space wrapped up by Christmas to a point where there may be a few miscellaneous things that need to be addressed but

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Harvest Run Raises $15,000 for BCC nursing program
02:10PM / Wednesday, November 29, 2017

More than 170 runners took part in the annual Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run to benefit the Berkshire Community College nursing program.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run raised more than $15,000 for the Berkshire Community College nursing program scholarship on Oct. 21 during the annual trail run and cook-off. More than 170 runners, including adults, students and children, participated in the trail run, relay and kids race.

"This was our most successful Harvest Run. We are very grateful to all the participants and the Berkshire Healthcare affiliates for their energy and enthusiasm," said Ellen Kennedy, president of Berkshire Community College.

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Consider These Year-End Tax-Smart Financial Moves
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:31PM / Wednesday, November 29, 2017

With the holiday season upon us, you may be getting pretty busy. But once the holidays are over, you will enter into a new season – tax season. The filing deadline for the 2017 tax year is April 17, 2018, but until that date – and especially before the end of the calendar year – you may want to explore some tax-smart financial moves.

Here are a few to consider:

Boost your 401(k) contributions. If you're like most people, you probably don't usually contribute the maximum amount to your 401(k), which, in 2017, is $18,000, or $24,000 if you're 50 or older. Unless you have a Roth 401(k), your contributions are made with pre-tax dollars, so the more you put in,

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 29-Dec. 5
12:21PM / Wednesday, November 29, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
November 29th - December 5th   Save the

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